Tuesday, March 12, 2019

La Grandest Pizza

Yesterday, Ed and I had lunch at a place in La Grande, Oregon called Local Harvest Eatery and Pub.

I have to tell you, for a small town in the middle of nowhere Eastern Oregon, this place had it going ON with their pizza.

It was AMAZING.  The crust was outstanding.  Do you see that crust?  Oh.  My.  God.  It was crispy and flavorful and beautifully bready.  

Ed had his usual caveman meat-laden pizza.  He ordered The Everything and Then Some (marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, Candian bacon, sausage, salami, black olives, bell peppers, red onions, and mushrooms....$14.50).  He loved it. 

But my pie was really the star.  That's it up there in the photo.  I ordered The Don (pesto, mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, feta cheese, and a balsamic glaze....$13).

You could put balsamic glaze on a rock and I'd eat it.  It was deeeeeeelicious!!  

And as if the pizza didn't offer enough culinary delight, the kid who made it suggested we try something he likes - dipping the crust in honey.  He brought over the squeeze bottle of honey, I squirted a quarter-sized blob on my plate and started dipping.

Crusty bready pizza crust and honey?  How can you not love that?  

From now on, I'm going to be the weirdo at the pizzeria asking if they have any honey on hand.  People are going to stare.  Whisper.  Maybe even laugh.

Let them.  Because I now have a culinary secret.  Just between me and well, all of you.

Don't tell anyone about the honey trick, but if you're in La Grande, be sure to check this place out! 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Columns Of Cacti

2017: Flashback To The South
2016: Debonair
2015: Geographically Centered
2014: Full Brain, Full Belly, Full Wallet
2013: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo
2012: Honing Her Skills For The Nursing Home
2011: Fire Up The Grill
2010: The Voice Of Tucson Speaks
2009: Crossing Over To The White Side
2008: Eddie Voyager Of The Seas Friday
2007: Indiscriminate Discrimination
2006: Dancing Queen
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

It Took $1000 To Get This Town Named

Descending into Coalville, Utah on Interstate 80 westbound.

From the Wikipedia entry for Coalville:  "In 1854 the territorial government in Utah offered a $1000 reward to anyone who could find coal within 40 miles of Salt Lake City. Four years later, Thomas Rhodes found a coal vein in the Chalk Creek area, and coal mining began in earnest.  Hundreds of tons of coal were shipped to Salt Lake City, and soon a narrow gauge railroad was built.  The settlement was renamed Coalville as a result of this early success mining coal."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Go Fish
2017: Flatout New York
2016: Hill Town Transportation
2015: 651 Miles To Go
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, March 08, 2019

Four Balanced Women

To celebrate International Women's Day, I celebrate four women who have mastered balance in their lives. 

This photo, taken in January 1952 shows my mother and her three sisters.  From left to right:  My Aunt Ronni, my Aunt Michele, my Aunt Joya, and my mother.

Hashtag Balance For Better.

2012: Looking For A Coffee Fix
2011: Container Port, You Are No Friend Of Mine
2010: Encased In Plastic
2009: No Lifeguard On Duty
2008: Palm Sketches
2007: You Know Who You Are
2006: I Fear The Family
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Concentrating On Cabbage

Ed at the wheel, driving 28 miles per hour over Cabbage.  That was the fastest we could go with snow chains and Auto Socks on.

Yes, he wears sunglasses in the winter.

Yes, he drives like a grandma.

Yes, he always drives with two hands.

And yes, he's always this serious when working.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
I Don't Care What You Call Them, These Paws Will Never Touch My Lips

2017: Spicy Rubs In Bulk
2016: Tiny Life
2015: Where The Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains Meet The Pacific
2014: A Spontaneous Slumber Party And An Italian Feast To Go
2013: Bright Spot On The Mountain
2012: Thinking About Adding A Few More Wheels To The Rig
2011: Cooled By The Ocean
2010: Oh, Mother!
2009: Eddie Adds Culture To His Day
2008: One Armed Bandit
2007: 614
2006: Having A Good Reason
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

A Middle Aged Castle

The ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, located on the Rhine River above the Rhine Gorge, near the town of Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany.

The medieval castle was built in 1212 and demolished in 1689.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The Malecón And More

2017: The West Side
2016: The Populace Of Winter
2015: Two If By Sea
2014: Beauty And The Bleak
2013: Don't Even Ask
2012: Click Mouse, Make Money
2011: Buttons Beware. There’s Someone Cuter In Town!
2010: Eddie Dials Up The Lunch Order
2009: Trucking Superhere And Sidekick
2008: I’m Just A Goy In Love With A Boy
2007: When Pork Goes Pornographic
2006: Now Where Did I Put Those Underwear??
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, March 03, 2019

I Don't Know How The Early Pioneers Did It

I've been posting a lot of pictures from Oregon and our trip over Cabbage

I'm kinda amazed every time we travel through here.  The hill is challenging in a big rig, but mostly I think about people who migrated into Oregon Territory in the early 1800s, following the Oregon Trail on foot and horseback.  How did they do it??

Ed was driving so I got as many photos of the snow as I could.  You'll be seeing a few more before the week is out.

If you love snow like I do, you'll appreciate them.  If you want pictures of warm weather, you'd better start Googling.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
2018: Do Not Be Afraid

2017: Grounded
2016: The Zombie Apocalypse Could Be In Full Swing And I'd Never Know
2015: Creamery On Congress
2014: Eastern Influence In A Southern State
2013: The Wegmans Cheese Tour
2012: Balls In The Air
2011: Branded
2010: Don’t Lose The Fun 
2009: I’ll Get To It As Soon As I’m Done Churning The Butter, Dear.
2008: Trees At Sunset
2007: Giving Directions To This Place Is Easy
2006: A Cloud Of Words
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Czechian Garbage

Yes, this is a picture of garbage dumpsters.  I know it's not very interesting, but I saw them in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic and just wanted a picture of them.

2014: Award-Winning Plan
2013: Watch Closely Now
2012: Mission Of The Sacred Heart
2011: Vintage Photo And Clothing
2010: Just How I Like It…Cold And Colder
2009: Snagged
2008: The Writing Is On The Wall
2007: Eddie Waits For A Ride
2006: Truckers And Travelers Know Good Food
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, March 01, 2019

Small Cabin In A Big Forest

A cabin or house surrounded by snow is my dream location.  I took this photo in Pendleton, Oregon on our way through there last week.  The camera didn't really capture how small the cabin seemed amidst the forest and snowy hills that went on for as far as the eye could see.

For pictures of cabins and houses in the snow in other locations, check these links out:

13 Cozy Cabins Nestled In The Snow

These Cozy Photos Of Log Cabins In The Snow Will Make You Feel Extra Hygge

Cabins In The Snow

9 Cozy Winter Cabins and Lodges

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Forty-Seven Years Later, I Stood In Her Hood

2017: Giving New Meaning To "Letting The Dishes Soak"
2016: Shake And Rake
2015: Hawaiʻiloa's Favorite Son
2014: Into The Mouth Of A Lion
2013: A Barn Serving Steak Good Enough To Eat
2012: A Quick Update
2011: It Takes Nothing To Win A Contest
2010: Sorry, no post for this day.
2009: The Hags Hit The Big Time
2008: One Thing At A Time
2007: Snaking Across Broadway
2006: Psssst! Wanna Buy A Hot Dog Truck?
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Salz Und Pfeffer

On the day we did laundry in Budapest, we ate at a great little restaurant located right across the courtyard from the laundromat.

Antré Étterem offered an inexpensive and varied breakfast buffet.  The restaurant was clean, modern, and well attended.
At one point during breakfast, I was looking for the salt and pepper shakers.  I touched and moved everything on the table trying to find them.  I eventually had to resort to calling over a staff member - who wound up being the manager - to ask him if he could provide me with a set. 

Imagine my surprise when he pointed out that they were right in front of me.  These were the salt and pepper shakers.  Boy, did I feel stupid.
I had seen them but immediately dismissed them.  My mind was telling me they were other things - a microphone (Why would they have a microphone on a table?), a set of speakers (Why would they put speakers on the table?) - and since I wasn't really looking closely at them because it never occurred to me that they were salt and pepper shakers, I didn't see the "S" and the "P" on the side of each shaker.  That would have been a big clue.

I immediately wanted them and asked the manager if they sold them.  He said "No.  People usually just steal them."  So I asked where I could find them and he told me they were made by a company called 
WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik) - a German company founded in Berlin in 1880, and the same company that made the coffee machine I loved on the cruise ship.

I needed to find a store.

We looked in each town we came across after that and saw more than one WMF store but due to countrywide holidays, they were closed.  Rats!  I figured I'd have to hunt them down online and pay a crazy price to have them sent to me once I was back in the United States.

But then, as luck would have it, my friends Marlaina and MacG were out on an excursion one day and came across a place that sold these very salt and pepper shakers and picked them up for me!  They now sit on my kitchen counter at home.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Hot And Sweet

2017: My Kind Of Salad
2016: In Disguise
2015: Hawaii Five-O
2014: I Like Big Boteros And I Cannot Lie
2013: The Young Never Have Trouble Screwing
2012: Making Tracks Across The Country
2011: Eddie Is The King Of The Dome
2010: Do It For Half An Hour A Day
2009: Sipping In Nyack
2008: The Tink Tink Tinkle Of Recycling
2007: Ralph’s Service Station
2006: The Isle Of Capri
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tucked In

On a cross-country trip from the Southeast to the Pacific Northwest, we finally hit snow! I was in heaven!

On the way out west, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho had the most snow.  Some flurries, some steady snowfall, and then...some ice.  The ice was bad enough at one point through Montana that we shut down for the night.  We delivered our load without incident, picked up another one and headed back across the country.

On the night I took this photo, we were headed east through Oregon and stopped to assess our trip.  We were sitting in the parking lot deciding on whether or not to tackle Cabbage.  Cabbage, also known as Emigrant Hill, is hairy when there's no weather.  On the sunniest day with bone dry roads, the hill is challenging.  So when we check the road conditions on Oregon's Department of Transportation website, we were concerned.  The website said it was heavily and steadily snowing and that there were patches of black ice.  The chain law was also in effect, which meant we'd have to pull over on the side of the road and Ed would have to put chains on the tires.

Ed decided to sit it out.  I was very happy with that decision and a little selfishly, I knew the scenery would be much better during the day.  It's been a long time since we've been in this part of the country during winter and it was definitely something I wanted to see.

Stay tuned for photos.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
This Is Who I'm Meant To Be

2017: No Chickens 'Round Here
2016: Piquing Interest
2015: Not Your Average Hula Girls
2014: Some Links Are Sexier Than Others
2013: Who Says I'm Spoiled?
2012: So That’s How It’s Done
2011: Sunny Bright Yellow Moments Ahead
2010: Loaded
2009: C’mon, Just Do It Already!
2008: Counterproductive
2007: If You Need A Reason To Cook More Often, I Think I Have One
2006: Warning: May Contain Traces Of Nuts
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Church Near A Castle

Located on Castle Hill in Budapest, Hungary, Matthias Church was a church of kings, a mosque for Ottoman Turks, and a place of worship for Franciscans and Jesuits.  Today it's a Catholic Church that balances holy masses with masses of tourists.
It was originally built in 1015, but there are no remains of that original structure.  The current building was built in the late 14th century and has a traditional Gothic-style exterior.  The colorful roof tiles are a unique feature.
The interior of the church was decorated in golden hues.  From a distance, the designs looked like mosaic tile. 
 The patterns were intricate and I assumed they were tile, like many other churches I'd been in.
But upon closer inspection, I noticed that the interior was just painted.  Everything, painted!  There's so much detail, it's hard to know where to look.  The colors, the patterns.  Everywhere, every inch, covered in paint. 
This post from Travel Past 50 has some AMAZING photos of the interior.  You'll really be able to see the rich colors and intricate patterns.  Daydream Tourist also did a post about the interior that includes some great pictures showing the detail of all the painting.

The gold and the bright colors were present in the gift shop, also.  
I found a few trinkets to bring home for family and friends.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Sock It To 'Em

2017: Linked
2016: Stop And Pray
2015: Stateroom 342
2014: The Higher The Hair, The Closer To God
2013: My Two Cents On Oscar Fashion
2012: A Little Nip Of A Love Affair
2011: It’s A Serious Addiction
2010: Why Play Fantasy Football When You Can Spend Your Time Making Lists For The Halle Experiment?
2009: I Hope There Isn’t Going To Be A Quiz
2008: Sunglasses Required
2007: Golden Eye
2006: Making A List And Checking It Twice
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Country Calling Code 420

I came across this wonderful relic in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.

There are kids alive today who don't even know what this is let alone been inside one.  

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Skull Rider

2017: Winter Nuts
2016: Taking A Surf Break
2015: Not So Fat Tuesday
2014: Dinner And A Show
2013: Everything You Need To Live A Bountiful Life Is Inside Of You
2012: From A Bodyguard, To Men Of Honor, To Good Deeds
2011: Just What I Need
2010: Waterfront Dining
2009: The Best Is Yet To Come
2008: It’s Not Just A Medicinal Oil After All
2007: Tracy Hilltop
2006: Calming The Flatulent Tiger
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Soaking In European Bubbles

It doesn’t matter where I am in the world, I seem to get stuck doing laundry. Even on a European vacation!  My first foreign laundry experience took place in Hungary.  
By Day 5 of our vacation, I needed to wash a few things.  Luckily, on one of his walks through the city of Budapest, MacG found a cute little laundromat.  It was called Bubbles.

Great little place.  Colorful, modern, seemingly easy to use.  
Hungarian is an impossible language to decipher.  Words don't even resemble English words.  Luckily, using a washing machine and dryer is fairly straightforward once you figure out where the coins go.  
This place had a change machine with different language options which made things a little easier.
Prices were pretty standard for laundry - 1,400 HUF ($4.90 USD) for a wash, 1,200 HUF ($4.20 USD) for a dry. A HUF is a Hungarian Forint, the currency of Hungary. 
They even had a comfy little lounge area.

The laundromat was clean, well-lit, had nice big folding tables, and is open 24 hours.  We were there in the morning so enjoyed breakfast at a great little restaurant right across the courtyard.

Total win.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
2018: Roasted And Tossed
2017: Only A Boob Drives Into A 'Boob
2016: A Citrus Oasis Awaits Me
2015: Ed Travels Light
2014: La Ventanita
2013: Big Fat Proof Of Your Weight
2012: This Could Be Very Confusing For Men
2011: The King Of Thrift
2010: Dances With Sheepskin
2009: The Seat You Offer Your Arch Enemy
2008: The Man With The Silver Handbag
2007: Silver Snowscape
2006: Let Go Let Flow
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!